Five shot near Minnesota protest of police killing of unarmed black man

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5 People Shot At Site Of Black Lives Matter Protest In Minneapolis.

The fatal shooting of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer has prompted more than a week of protests and led to calls for answers as state and federal investigators piece together what happened. Authorities are weighing whether to treat the shooting of five people protesting near the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct Monday night as a hate crime, sources familiar with the investigation said Tuesday morning.According to a statement posted to the group’s Facebook page, the men, whom they call “white supremacists,” opened fire after they were asked to leave and were then escorted away from the encampment. “Rumors about the nature of the shootings — and the shooters — spread quickly through the encampment. The victims — all black men between 19 and 43 — suffered non-life-threatening wounds in the 10:45 p.m. shooting, police spokesman John Elder told the Star Tribune. “A group of white supremacists showed up at the protest — as they have done most nights,” Black Lives Matter spokeswoman Miski Noor told the paper.

Twitter feeds, using the hashtags #Justice4Jamar and #FourthPrecinctShutdown that they’d been using all week, lit up the Internet with theories of the shooters’ identities and police involvement. ” ‘I don’t want to perpetuate rumor,’ U.S. Here’s a look at where the investigation stands: Authorities have said their initial investigation shows Clark was a suspect in an assault and was disrupting paramedics who were trying to help the victim. About 50 people were outside the building on Tuesday morning, with more trickling in, and some said they planned to stay despite a request from Clark’s family to end the protests. Eddie Sutton, Jamar’s brother, issued a statement early Tuesday: “Thank you to the community for the incredible support you have shown for our family in this difficult time. Police tweeted early Tuesday that officers are searching for three white male suspects in the shooting that occurred shortly before 11 p.m. about a block from the 4th Precinct.

Another witness said one of the victims had been hit in the stomach. “I am obviously appalled that white supremacists would open fire on nonviolent, peaceful protesters,” said Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP. The protesters, angry over the fatal police shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Nov. 15, have maintained a presence outside the police station ever since. The three left the protest and several protesters followed them to a street corner, where the masked men pulled out weapons and gunshots rang out, Omeoga said. Keith Ellison, whose district includes Minneapolis, Eddie Sutton says his family appreciates the support protesters have shown since the death of his brother, Jamar Clark.

Council President Barb Johnson said the shooting Monday evening was a “continuation of a stressful time for the neighbors that live in the area surrounding the Fourth Precinct,” adding that “they deserve some peace and some rest.” Johnson disputed comments that police had taken too long to react to the shooting, and said officers responded in three minutes. The BCA has said it also has video from a mobile police camera, public housing cameras and citizens’ cellphones, but that none of it shows the event in its entirety. I understand that a search for the shooters is currently underway, and I join residents of the North Side in demanding that they be brought to justice. Community members have said they won’t leave the police precinct that’s near the shooting site on Minneapolis’ north side until authorities meet their demands, which include the release of video. Wronski-Riley heard what sounded like firecrackers and thought, “surely they’re not shooting humans.” Two young black men on either side of him were hit, one in the back and leg, the other in the arm.

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